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Embossing is usually found in scrapbooks and greeting cards and is a fun grown-up activity.  Now this project has been scaled down for the younger set using toilet paper!  The age and skill level of this project depends on how intricate the design and how large the stamp you use.  Larger, chunkier stamps such as the large foam stamps are good for younger children while smaller more detailed stamps are good for older children with more patience and care while working.  Since you are “painting” with water, this project is virtually mess free!  Click here for another version of this project.

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What you will need:

  • Toilet paper(1-ply)
  • Cup of water
  • Small paintbrush
  • Stamps
  • Markers, paint or ink

elephant and marble 002Step 1: Begin by choosing your stamp, filling your cup with water and ripping several sheets of toilet paper off of your roll.

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Step 2: Place a piece of toilet paper over your stamp and gently paint with water to avoid ripping the delicate toilet paper.

elephant and marble 007Step 3: Carefully add another piece of toilet paper on top of the previous piece and paint with water.  Be sure to get around all of the lines of the stamp’s design when “painting.”  Continue adding layers of toilet paper until you have reached your desired thickness (usually about 6-8 pieces).

elephant and marble 008Step 4: While still on the stamp let your toilet paper dry.

elephant and marble 010Step 5: Once dry, remove your toilet paper from the stamp.  This picture shows the underside that the stamp was pressed into.  You can now color your embossed image and cut it out, using it for all sorts of fun projects.  To create interesting color designs try stamping your stamp in ink before you begin applying the toilet paper.  The paper will suck up the ink and the water will make it bleed, giving a cool effect.

elephant and marble 035Congratulations!  You have just done easy embossing with stamps and tissue paper.  How did your project come out?  What did you use your embossing for?  Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section of the blog.


Looking for a fun back-to-school project?  These marbleized bookmarks are fun, beautiful and easy to make.  You can even go beyond bookmarks and make stationery, cards, papers and more.  The ideas are endless and more (as well as further instructions) can be found here.  This project can get messy so it is a good idea to wear old clothes or a smock and very young children should be supervised.

elephant and marble 011What you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • A plate, pie tin or other disposable surface
  • Toothpicks
  • Food coloring
  • Shaving cream
  • Note cards  or other thick paper
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole  punch
  • Decorative edge scissors

elephant and marble 013Step 1: Using your decorative scissors cut the edges of your bookmark.  Use your hole punch to make a hole in the top of your bookmark (You will thread this with yarn later).

elephant and marble 015Step 2: Spread a thick layer of shaving cream onto your plate or pie tin.

elephant and marble 019Step 3: Drop a few drops of food coloring onto the shaving cream and use a toothpick to swirl the colors around.  Do not swirl them too much or the colors will mush together and turn brown.

elephant and marble 021Your shaving cream should now look something like this.

elephant and marble 024Step 4: Place your bookmark right side down into the shaving cream and press down lightly.  Gently lift your bookmark back out of the saving cream.

elephant and marble 027Step 5: Your bookmark is now covered in shaving cream.  Place it on a covered surface and firmly wipe (in one direction!) away the excess shaving cream.  Thread your ribbon or yarn through the hole and you will have a completed bookmark!

elephant and marble 029Congratulations!  You now have a completed bookmark!  Try this technique out with papers of other colors, styles or thicknesses.  You can make all sorts of neat things and no two marbleized designs are alike!

elephant and marble 033Did you do this project?  Please share your pictures and comments in the comments section!

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